Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden: How to Start Seeds

  Starting herbs from seed can seem a little daunting! While we may be used to starting some summer vegetables in the window sill, the idea of starting yarrow, lavender or arnica plants from seed may seem a little mysterious. It doesn’t have to be. Like other plants, you just need to give them what they need and soon you will have a garden overflowing with all your favorite medicinal and aromatic friends! It helps to know a little bit about how the plants grow in their natural environment, as this will guide the seed propagation. Some seeds need cold to germinate while others crave some warmth and luxury. Some plants, like Catnip, like to be planted where they are to grow […]

The Sunday Steep!

  It can be tempting to go to the same tried and true "tea" herbs again and again when creating pots of tea. Organic mints, chamomile, and trusty blends all come to mind. There are some wonderful herbal ingredients, however, that one doesn't always think of when it comes to crafting a tasty herbal brew. Visions of a freshly harvested, wild, spring salad influenced this tea recipe and it is made up of some wonderful plants for a little nourishment! This tea has a light, leafy flavor.    Wild Salad Tea 1 teaspoon organic Dandelion leaf, dried 1 teaspoon Watercress, dried 1 teaspoon organic Violet leaf, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sunflower petals, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sheep Sorrel, dried Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, strainer […]

New in the Shop: Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root

Certified Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root Curcuma longa The newest addition to our extensive line of organic herbs and spices is cut and sift Turmeric Root that is both certified organic and fair trade certified. These little pieces of turmeric goodness are roughly 1/8 – 1/4 inch in size, and have a vibrant orange brown color with a characteristic turmeric aroma. They are perfect for tea blends, tincturing, or using in your favorite culinary creations. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India and southeast Asia for its medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic virtues. It has been admired as a natural dye due to the quality of its vibrant yellow-orange colored rhizome and has been an herb used in magical and religious ceremonies. Further, the […]

Native Plants are Becoming Endangered Species Too!

When people think about endangered species, they often think of species like polar bears and wolves that get a lot of media attention. But numerous other species are being pushed toward extinction, including many native plants threatened by ongoing habitat destruction from development, agriculture, logging, grazing, pesticides, and off-highway recreational vehicle use. Fortunately, the ESA can provide protections for all types of imperiled species, not just the most charismatic – and the ESA’s protections have an astonishing success rate: the Act is 99% effective at preventing extinction.  Unfortunately, the agency tasked with protecting imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is not doing enough to protect species from these threats. That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity has fought for […]

Herbs for Healthy Digestion: 3 Simple Recipes

  Normal digestive functioning can get thrown off pretty easily when our routines change or during the transition of seasonal cycles. We might find ourselves less active and relying on hot cooked meals during the fall and winter, and then energized by sunlight when our summer gardens grow a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies. Along with dietary flux, energy shifts throughout the year can also have an impact. Whether traveling away from the comforts of home, eating lots of rich food we aren’t used to, or stressing about mounting obligations, herbs can help us keep digestion strong if we pay close attention to our own unique rhythms. Three important herbal properties that can be helpful when our digestive system is off balance include bitters, aromatics, and demulcents. Let's […]

The Sunday Steep!

  We are known for our foggy, drizzly days here in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that many folks don't know our summers tend to be sunny, dry, and mild for weeks at a time! For now, however, the fog can serve as a metaphor for one's mental state: clogged, foggy, and settled in a drizzly haze. I created this tea for an afternoon pick-me-up on those days when my focus starts to wane, but it works well as a non-caffienated jumpstart to a groggy morning, too. You may not think of Rosemary as a tea ingredient, but it makes a lovely tea. For fun, you might want to substitute a Tablespoon of fresh rosemary for the dried herb in this […]